Welcome to another heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures on tap for Southern California. Summer heat has arrived, and we have no idea when and how it will end.
The heat has arrived, and it’s already oppressive.
It’s hard to imagine the sweltering weather we’ll be enduring for months to come, but we suspect our heat will last for several more weeks. And as temperatures climb, the fire danger will rise too.
“This heat wave is going to get worse … I don’t know how bad it’s going to be.”
That’s our forecast.
I don’t know how bad things will get. And while the heat may get worse, I’m not sure how to fix it.
So here’s what I do know: we’ve now hit 100 degrees in Los Angeles this week. We’ve been there 99 degrees this whole week; it’s actually 100 degrees and sunny.
I’ve been thinking about how to do this thing called climate science.
And there’s one clear conclusion: there’s not a lot we can do.
This isn’t unusual.
The same story is playing out over and over on every climate story — and this is something we see across the country.
In the past, there were things we could do to combat the heat. We could put up more air conditioners. We could build bigger buildings. We could plant more trees.
But the air conditioners didn’t help. Trees were too far apart. Buildings didn’t help at all. When you made building bigger, you also made it more susceptible to failure due to wind. And the heat didn’t drop.
What else were we able to do?
We could do a few things:
Take the AC off completely.
That was our plan, anyway. Just like a new car, you want a car